Category: Fiction

  • Rebeka Njau’s “Ripples in the Pool” launches in Nairobi

    Rebeka Njau’s “Ripples in the Pool” launches in Nairobi

    Rebeka Njau’s 1975 novel Ripples in the Pool, reissued this year by Bloomsbury Publishing, launched at the Alliance Française, Nairobi on Friday, June 14, 2024. Rebeka Njau is Kenya’s first female playwright and a pioneer in the representation of African women in literature. She is famously one of the only two women, alongside Grace Ogot,…

  • Sunday Times Literary Awards 2024 longlists announced

    Sunday Times Literary Awards 2024 longlists announced

    The longlists for the Sunday Times Literary Awards 2024 were announced in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday, June 16, 2024. The Sunday Times Literary Awards are awarded annually in fiction (since 1989) and nonfiction (since 2001). Organised by South African newspaper The Sunday Times, it has been won in recent times by Siphiwe Ndlovu and…

  • Kevin Jared Hosein wins Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024

    Kevin Jared Hosein wins Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024

    Kevin Jared Hosein’s novel Hungry Ghosts won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024 in Melrose, UK on Thursday, June 13, 2024. The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction is a British literary award created by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, whose ancestors were closely linked to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, generally…

  • Aminta Dupuis wins Iskanchi Book Prize 2024

    Aminta Dupuis wins Iskanchi Book Prize 2024

    Aminta Dupuis was declared the winner of the inaugural Iskanchi Book Prize, a manuscript prize open to African writers, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Iskanchi Press and Magazine, founded by publisher, journalist, and writer Kenechi Uzor in 2020, has produced several literary magazine editions and numerous books. This year, the platform announced the Iskanchi Book…

  • Lambda Awards 2024 winners announced.

    Lambda Awards 2024 winners announced.

    The winners of the Lambda Awards 2024 were announced in New York, USA on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. These are the writers of African descent who won. The Lambda Literary Awards, or the “Lammys,” as they are known, are an award of Lambda Literary, the oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing Lesbian, Gay, Trans,…

  • Nommo Awards 2024 shortlists announced.

    Nommo Awards 2024 shortlists announced.

    The shortlists for the African Speculative Fiction Society’s Nommo Awards 2024 were announced on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. In the African literary space, magical realism, Sci-Fi, horror, and graphic novels have been bunched together as “speculative fiction” by the African Speculative Fiction Society. That organisation introduced the Nommo Awards to celebrate these oft-side-lined genres in…

  • Book Digest: Pam Williams, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Colson Whitehead, Armindo António

    Book Digest: Pam Williams, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Colson Whitehead, Armindo António

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Pam Williams, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Colson Whitehead, and Armindo António. A Trace of Sun Book by Pam Williams Publisher:  Legend PressDate:  March 1, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage:  EnglishWhere to find it:  Legend Press, Pam Williams Pam Williams studied fashion at London’s…

  • R.S.A Garcia is a Nebula Awards 2024 winner

    R.S.A Garcia is a Nebula Awards 2024 winner

    R.S.A Garcia won in the short story category at the Nebula Awards 2024 in Pasadena, USA on Sunday, June 9, 2024. The Nebula Awards, recognising the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States, were first held in 1966. They are organized and awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers…

  • Literary Magazines: PREE, Joburg Review, Lounloun, Journal of West Indian Literature

    Literary Magazines: PREE, Joburg Review, Lounloun, Journal of West Indian Literature

    New editions of PREE, Johannesburg Review of Books, Lounloun, and Journal of West Indian Literature are available for your reading pleasure. Johannesburg Review of Books The Johannesburg Review of Books is an independent literary review that publishes reviews, essays, poetry, photographs, and short fiction from South Africa, Africa, and beyond. The latest edition features contributions…

  • Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2024 longlist announced.

    Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2024 longlist announced.

    The longlist of the Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2024 was announced in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, June 6, 2024. The Toyin Fálọlá Prize is an award for short stories from Nigerian-based Lunaris aimed at honouring distinguished African scholar and foremost historian, Prof Toyin Fálọlá. It celebrates his endeavours and contributions to the advancement of African cultures,…

  • Shirley Jackson Awards 2023 nominees announced

    Shirley Jackson Awards 2023 nominees announced

    The nominees for the Shirley Jackson Awards 2023 were announced on Friday, June 7, 2024. Here are the writers of African descent among them. Shirley Hardie Jackson was an American writer known primarily for her works of horror and mystery. Her writing career spanned over two decades, during which she composed six novels, two memoirs,…

  • Tananarive Due, Jordan Peele win at Bram Stoker Awards 2024.

    Tananarive Due, Jordan Peele win at Bram Stoker Awards 2024.

    Tananarive Due and Jordan Peele won in their categories at the Bram Stoker Awards 2024 in San Diego, California, USA, on June 3, 2024. Abraham “Bram” Stoker (1847 – 1912) was an Irish author best known for writing the 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. In 1987, the Horror Writers Association of the USA set up…

  • Hemley Boum wins Prix littéraire des Sciences Po 2024.

    Hemley Boum wins Prix littéraire des Sciences Po 2024.

    Hemley Boum’s novel Le rêve du pêcheur won Prix littéraire des Sciences Po 2024 on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Sciences Po is France’s leading university for the social sciences offering degrees at the undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph. D. levels. This year, the university’s alumni association inaugurated Prix littéraire des Sciences Po (English: Sciences Po Literary…

  • Book Digest: Ishi Robinson, João Melo, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Iris Mwanza

    Book Digest: Ishi Robinson, João Melo, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Iris Mwanza

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Ishi Robinson, João Melo, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, and Iris Mwanza. Sweetness in the Skin by Ishi Robinson Publisher:  HarperDate:  April 23, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage: EnglishWhere to find it:  Harper Ishi Robinson Ishi Robinson is a Jamaican writer living in…

  • Literary Magazines: A Long House, Lolwe, Akewi, Ubwali

    Literary Magazines: A Long House, Lolwe, Akewi, Ubwali

    New editions of A Long House, Lolwe, Akewi, and Ubwali are now available for your reading pleasure. A Long House A Long House is a new frontier for African and black expression, literature, and critical discourse founded in 2020. The newest edition with the theme “Connections” has contributions from Olumide Manuel, Hope Joseph, Abu Bakr…